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3rd Yerevan Open R2: Sidhant Mohapatra stuns Paulius Pultinevicius

by Shahid Ahmed - 16/10/2021

IM Sidhant Mohapatra and untitled Kunal M scored the biggest upsets of the second round as they defeated GMs Paulius Pultinevicius (LTU) and Karen Movsziszian (ARM) respectively at 3rd Yerevan Open. GM Gukesh defeated IM Vaishali in an exciting game after the latter sacrificed her queen but was unable follow through correctly. IMs Padmini and Raahil held GMs Luka Paichadze (GEO) and Alexey Goganov (RUS) to a draw each. WGM Vantika Agrawal also drew with GM Harsha Bharathakoti. Arjun and Abhimanyu also won their games. Round 3 starts today at 3:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Fantastic day for Indians

There are seven Indians out of 17 players who are at 100% score 2.0/2. Top seed GM Narayanan S L won his game against much lower rated Raffi Ghazaryan (ARM).

IM Sidhant scored a big upset against GM Paulius | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Vaishali - Gukesh: 0-1

IM Vaishali made an interesting queen sacrifice against GM Gukesh. However, there was something just before that.

Position after 30...Bd5

31.c4 leads to fantastic position for White in all possible variations. The game continued 31.g4 g5 and White sacrificed the queen 32.gxf5 gxf4 33.Rg1+ Kh7 34.Rg7+ Kh6 35.Rdg1 Bxe4 36.Bxf4+ Bg5 and we get the following position

Position after 36...Bg5

37.R1xg5 and White is still in the game. 37...Qxg5 38.Rxg5 Bxf3+ 39.Kh2 e5 40.Rg6+ Kh7 41.Rh6+ Kg7 42.f6+Kg8 43.Rg6+ Kh7 44.Rh6+ and it leads to a draw. White missed this probably due to time scramble and played 37.R7xg5. Black went on to win the game shortly after.

Vaishali put up a brilliant fight | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Sidhant - Paulius: 1-0

IM Sidhant Mohapatra made the most out of the position when his opponent GM Paulius Pultinevicius (LTU) decided against capturing a crucial center pawn.

Position after 28.Nd4

28...Qxe5 29.Rde3 g5 and Black is doing absolutely fine. However, 28...Re8 29.Rde3 Qd7 30.Bh3 Qd8 31.Kh2 Rc7 32.e6 and things turned completely into White's favor which he eventually converted into a win.

GM Arjun Erigaisi got significant advantage out of the opening against WGM Anna Sargsyan (ARM) | Photo: Rupali Mullick

GM Abhimanyu Puranik outplayed IM Krishna Teja N positionally | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Padmini Rout held GM Luka Paichadze to a solid draw | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Raahil Mullick held ChessMood Open winner GM Aleksey Goganov to a draw | Photo: Rupali Mullick

GM Harsha Bharathakoti recovered well against WGM Vantika Agrawal | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Kunal M - GM Karen Movsziszian (ARM): 1-0 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Artur Davtyan - Vedant Panesar: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Vahe Danielyan - WFM Sahithi Varshini: 0-1 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

For more Round 2 photos, please click here.

Highlights

Here are a few interesting finishes of Round 2.

GM Abhimanyu Puranik defeated IM Krishna Teja N

IM Sidhant Mohapatra won against GM Paulius Pultinevicius (LTU)

GM Vahe Baghdasaryan (ARM) drew with GM Vitaly Sivuk (UKR)

Replay Round 2 games

The tournament is taking place at Yerevan in Armenia from 14th to 22nd October 2021. Time control is 90'/40 + 30' + 30" per move. Round 1-4 and 6-8 starts at 2 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. IST). Round 5 and the final round will start at 11:00 a.m. local time (12:30 p.m. IST).

Round 2 results

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
138
WGMVaishali RIND241910 - 11GMGukesh DIND2640
2
23
GMErigaisi ArjunIND263411 - 01WGMSargsyan Anna MARM2402
40
339
IMDaneshvar BardiyaIRI24031½ - ½1GMPantsulaia LevanGEO2570
4
45
GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND256811 - 01IMKrishna Teja, NIND2385
42
543
IMPadmini RoutIND23801½ - ½1GMPaichadze LukaGEO2566
6
67
GMPetrosian Tigran LARM256211 - 01IMMoksh Amit DoshiIND2379
44
746
IMMullick RaahilIND23681½ - ½1GMGoganov AlekseyRUS2557
8
89
GMSychev KlementyRUS255511 - 01FMBarseghyan Armen ArARM2356
48
947
IMSidhant MohapatraIND236711 - 01GMPultinevicius PauliusLTU2552
10
1050
GMBaghdasaryan VaheARM23341½ - ½1GMSivuk VitalyUKR2529
12
1113
GMHarsha BharathakotiIND25171½ - ½1WIMVantika AgrawalIND2322
52
1251
FMHakemi ArmanIRI232310 - 11GMHayrapetyan HovikARM2500
14
1315
IMNikitenko MihailBLR24991½ - ½1FMAtakhan AbtinIRI2319
54
1455
IMNadanian AshotARM23171½ - ½1GMQuparadze GigaGEO2495
16
1517
GMMikaelyan ArmanARM248711 - 01IMSharma Dinesh KIND2289
58

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Round 3 pairings

Bo.No. NameFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameFEDRtg No.
12
GMGukesh DIND264022GMGolubka PetroUKR2438
29
230
IMBharath Subramaniyam HIND243522GMErigaisi ArjunIND2634
3
332
Pour Agha Bala AmirrezaIRI243222GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND2568
5
433
GMSimonian HrairARM243022GMPetrosian Tigran LARM2562
7
534
IMPranav AnandIND243022GMSychev KlementyRUS2555
9
614
GMHayrapetyan HovikARM250022FMDaghli ArashIRI2427
37
747
IMSidhant MohapatraIND236722GMMikaelyan ArmanARM2487
17
857
Kunal MIND229022IMShahinyan DavidARM2469
23
94
GMPantsulaia LevanGEO25702FMYeritsyan HaykARM2268
61
1052
WIMVantika AgrawalIND2322GMNarayanan S.L.IND2647
1
116
GMPaichadze LukaGEO2566IMPetriashvili NikolozGEO2432
31
128
GMGoganov AlekseyRUS2557IMDaneshvar BardiyaIRI2403
39
1312
GMSivuk VitalyUKR2529IMPadmini RoutIND2380
43
1454
FMAtakhan AbtinIRI2319GMHarsha BharathakotiIND2517
13
1562
Panesar VedantIND2266IMNikitenko MihailBLR2499
15

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Links

Yerevan Chess Federation